Bowl with Mythical Serpentine CreatureEarly Nasca; Phase 3
90 - 325
5 11/16 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (14.5 cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.284
Other Number(s): E53 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Description: Early Nasca (Phase 3, 90-325 A.D.) bulbous painted bowl with an unmasked Serpentine Creature. This mythical creature with a serpentine body and feline head is related to agricultural fertility, for snakes protect the crops from predators like mice. The creature is grasping a snake in its left hand.
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
- agriculture - Science or discipline of cultivating the soil, harvesting crops, and raising livestock.
- Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- bowls - Rounded, cuplike, hollow parts of objects, such as the body of a stemmed vessel or the part of a pipe in which tobacco is burned.
- bowls - Rounded vessels that are generally wider than they are high, usually hemispherical or nearly so. A bowl may have a spreading base or foot ring and sometimes two handles or a cover. Distinguished from a cup, which is rather deep than wide.
- cracks - Fissures or systems of fissures without complete separation into pieces.
- Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
- serpentine - Forms or outlines consisting of a curved line that winds or meanders in multiple directions but does not cross or intersect itself. An example is when describing furniture pieces, the fronts of which are shaped in alternating concave and convex curves. For other features, such as arches or moldings, composed of flowing, wavelike curves, use "undulating." For features consisting of or bounded by curved lines in general use "curvilinear."
- vessels - Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.
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Exhibition ListThis object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Mass Production of Art in Pre-Columbian Cultures: Moldmade Peruvian Pottery from the Bryn Mawr College Collection Laura E. Smith , Aug 31, 1998 – Nov 24, 1998
Related Bibliography ListThe following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Donald A. Proulx, A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2006), 40, 95-96. Figure Number: 5.71
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